Come Celebrate your PEI Symphony as we celebrate the first concert of our 45th season, presented through the very generous support of the Joan & Regis Duffy Foundation!
“Autumn Tempest” , October 14th 2:30pm, at the Homburg Theatre of the Confederation Centre of the Arts.
Don’t miss this stormy premier for our 45th season, featuring two popular classics by Beethoven and Borodin, and new works by two talented PEI composers.
On Sunday October 14th 2011, the PEI Symphony’s 45th season starts with a storm with an exciting new Canadian work entitled Hurricane Juan Piano Concerto, with the composer Peter Allen performing with the orchestra as the featured piano soloist. Peter Allen has continually delighted audiences with his virtuosity and soulful artistry. As a concert pianist, he is often heard on CBC regional and national radio and is well known to audiences in the Maritimes and throughout Canada for his captivating interpretations. Also on the program is the very popular New World Symphony by Dvorak and the Rákóczi March from The Damnation of Faust by Berlioz. This concert has been made possible by the generous support of the Joan & Regis Duffy Foundation.
Commissioned by CBC Radio 2, the Hurricane Juan Piano Concerto was world-premiered by Symphony Nova Scotia in 2008 with Peter Allen as soloist, to commemorate the fifth anniversary of the storm that made such an impact on two provincial capitals. The work features five movements beginning with a ‘pastoral’ and then a second movement which according to Allen expresses the fascination that people feel “when wacky weather starts”. The work then takes an ominous transition to a “much thicker and louder” third movement, “and it’s the longest … because it had to get on your nerves a little bit, just like the storm really did.” The fourth movement features a minimal piano candenza as a transition to the final movement which features bright friendly themes that “mark the camaraderie in the community fostered by the storm”.
“Episodic passages tumbled over one another like a mountain torrent with striking intuitive logic, keeping us on the edge of our seats with its irresistible power” Halifax Chronicle Herald, Sept 28 2008
Peter Allen is currently Associate Professor of Piano at Dalhousie University’s Department of Music, and conducts the Dalhousie Symphony Orchestra.
Also on the program, the Rákóczi March is sometimes referred to as the unofficial state anthem of Hungary. The first version of this anonymous march-song dates from the early 18th century, created to lament the misfortune of the Magyars under the Habsburgs. Refined in the 19th century, the song inspired many references including the popular version Hector Berlioz included within his larger composition La Damnation de Faust in 1846. Hector Berlioz (1803-1869) was a key French composer and conductor known for many works including Symphonie Fantastique, for influencing the development of the Romantic movement with composers like Wagner, Rimsky-Korsakov, Liszt, Mahler and others, and for his contributions to modern instrumentation and orchestration.
The Symphony No. 9 in E Minor “From the New World”, is by far the most popular work by Antonín Dvořák, and one of the most popular works in the entire repertoire for any symphony orchestra. Often known as the New World Symphony, it was written in 1893 while Dvořák was the director of the New York Conservatory. Dvořák claimed to be greatly inspired by Native American music and the African-American spirituals, and felt strongly that North American music should focus on this rich foundation. Others hear the folk music of his native Bohemia in the New World Symphony, but all classical music lovers can find something to treasure in this famous and easily recognizable work.
To help make it easy for families to enjoy orchestral music together, the PEI Symphony continues to offer discounted tickets for youth and students at $15 for any seat in the house.
The PEI Symphony is delighted to continue our partnership with The Maple Grille restaurant with the popular “Symphony and Supper” special offer. Bring two ticket stubs from the October 14th concert, order two entrées, and receive 50% off the second entrée. This offer is valid for reservations only on Sunday October 14th and Monday October 15th at The Maple Grille at 67 University Avenue.
At 1:15pm PEISO Conductor James Mark will host our regular Pre-Concert Talk’ in Studio One. UPEI musicologist Annette Campbell and PEISO Composer-In-Residence Jim O’Leary join Dr. Mark to discuss the music of the afternoon concert, along with interesting aspects of its composition, performance and history
Come Celebrate your PEI Symphony!
CHARLOTTETOWN, PE – The PEI Symphony Orchestra is excited to announce the program for its’ upcoming 45th season, which includes a number of featured guests and highlights. The subscription series includes four concerts this year, three under the skilled direction of music director and conductor Dr. James Mark, and for the first time in years the PEI Symphony welcomes a guest conductor!
On October 14th 2012, the season starts with a storm with a new Canadian work entitled Hurricane Juan Piano Concerto featuring composer and piano soloist Peter Allen. As a concert pianist, Peter Allen is often heard on CBC regional and national radio and is well known to audiences in the Maritimes and throughout Canada for his captivating interpretations, and soulful artistry. Also on the program is the very popular New World Symphony by Dvorak and the Rackoczy March from The Damnation of Faust by Berlioz.
On November 25th, the orchestra is pleased to welcome rising PEI violin soloist Christina Bouey to perform Brahms’ Violin Concerto in D Major, and excited to perform the dynamic and famous The Firebird by Stravinsky! The program also features the Overture to Hänsel und Gretel by Humperdinck and The Dolly Suite by Fauré.
For the first concert of 2013, on February 10th the PEI Symphony Orchestra welcomes guest conductor Mark Shapiro. His work has been praised by the New York Times for its “virtuosity and assurance,” which also remarked on its “uncommon polish,” and characterized by the New Jersey Star-Ledger as “erudite and far-reaching.” Shapiro is currently music director of the St. Cecilia Chorus and Orchestra in New York, Artistic Director of Cantori New York, and principal guest conductor of the chamber orchestra Nova Sinfonia in Halifax whom he has led in performances of works by Beethoven, Brahms, Dvorak, Schubert, Schumann, and Tchaikovsky. This program will feature Rachmaninoff’s Symphony No. 2 in e minor, Bruch’s Violin Concerto No. 1, and a new work by PEI composer Dr. Richard Covey.
Dr. Covey is the recent winner of the PEI Symphony’s Call For Scores competition. Earlier this year PEI resident composers were invited to submit works that demonstrate skills in writing for orchestra or large ensemble. From the submitted works, Dr. Covey was selected by jury, and commissioned to create a new work for the PEISO’s February 2013 concert!
The February program also features another rising PEI violin talent Adrian Irvine, who is the featured soloist for the Violin Concerto No. 1 by Bruch. Adrian was recently awarded the Suzanne Brenton Award which is given each year to deserving advanced students who have performed exceptionally in the PEI Kiwanis Provincial Music Festival.
For the final concert of the 2012-2013 subscription series, on April 14 the PEI Symphony Orchestra led by Dr. Mark will perform Mozart’s Symphony No. 25, the fun and popular Carnival of the Animals by Saint-Saëns, and the world premiere of another new work by the PEISO’s Composer-in-Residence Jim O’Leary, which will feature international jazz recording artist, Paul Tynan.
PEISO Season Subscriptions are on sale now, and offer the bargain of 4 PEISO concerts for the price of 3. For subscription forms and more information call 892-4333. Tickets to individual concerts will go on sale at the Confederation Centre Box Office in mid-September.
Saturday, July 28, 2012, 7:30pm, Dr. Steel Recital Hall, UPEI
David Parker, Horn; Karem Simon, Clarinet; Frances Gray, piano
An unusual combination of instruments will be featured at a late-July concert entitled “Romantic Music for a Summer Evening” to be held at the Dr. Steel Recital Hall, University of Prince Edward Island. On Saturday, July 28 at 7:30pm, audience members will be treated to a rare trio by the composer Carl Reinecke. Few trios in the traditional chamber music literature combine clarinet, horn and piano and this is quite possibly a première performance of it on Prince Edward Island. Another featured work is the wonderfully-mature Sonata in F Minor for clarinet and piano by Johannes Brahms, a contemporary of Reinecke. Rounding out the program will be a set of romantic “Pieces Melodiques” for horn and piano by the French composer Charles Gounod. Tickets ($15 adult; $10 seniors/students) will be available at the door beginning at 7pm.
David Parker has been Principal Hornist of Symphony Nova Scotia since 2000. He has been a member of the Kitchener Waterloo Symphony, the Barcelona Symphony Orchestra, the Israel Sinfonietta, and the Quebec Symphony Orchestra. He has also performed with the Toronto Symphony Orchestra, Tafelmusik, the Hamilton Philharmonic, the Boston Lyric Opera and the Boston Pops Orchestra. He holds degrees in music from Boston University, the University of Toronto, and Acadia University. His teachers have included Daniel Katzen, Hermann Baumann and Eugene Rittich. Further studies have included residencies at the Royal Conservatory of Music, Tanglewood, the National Repertory Orchestra, the Los Angeles Philharmonic Institute, and the Pacific Music Festival. Mr. Parker regularly performs in music festivals and chamber music series including Scotia Festival of Music, the Music Room, the Charlottetown Festival, the Garden Room, St. Cecelia Society, Music at Three Churches, Indian River Festival and the New Brunswick Summer Music Festival. Mr. Parker teaches at Dalhousie University, the University of Moncton, and is currently the horn teacher and Centre Director of Sistema New Brunswick in Moncton.
Canadian clarinetist Karem J. Simon has been a member of the University of Prince Edward Island Music Faculty since 1991. He is an active soloist, chamber and orchestral musician, and conductor. A native of Newfoundland and a graduate of the University of British Columbia, Northwestern, and Mount Allison Universities, Dr. Simon has been a featured artist with the Prince Edward Island Symphony, the Saint John String Quartet, and Gros Morne Summer Music. As a member of eklektikos he has been involved with the premieres of contemporary chamber music. Among the major influences of his clarinetistry are Ronald de Kant, Wesley Foster, Clark Brody, Ronald Goddard, and Robert Spring. In 2001 he was recipient of the Association of Atlantic University’s Teaching Excellence Award for Instructional Leadership. Dr. Simon is principal clarinetist of the Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra and was conductor of the 2007 National Youth Band of Canada.
Pianist Frances Gray is well known for her solo and chamber music performances, broadcasts, adjudicating and teaching, She has recorded three solo CDs—Poems for Piano, The Evocative Piano, and Soundscapes of Spain, all nominated for ECMA classical music awards. She has performed throughout Canada, in the United States, England, Belgium, Russia and Australia. She is the pianist/keyboardist with the Prince Edward Island Symphony Orchestra, with whom she has performed many times as concerto soloist. Dr. Gray holds a B.Mus. from McGill University and MM and DM degrees from Indiana University where she studied with Menahem Pressler, renowned pianist of the Beaux Arts Trio. Awarded a Commonwealth Scholarship, Frances Gray spent a year at the Royal Academy of Music in London, England. She also attended master class sessions at Tanglewood with the Russian duo-piano team, Victor Babin and Vitya Vronsky.She has been a long-time valued Professor of Piano and Theory at UPEI in Charlottetown and has frequently adjudicated county and provincial music festivals and competitions in the Atlantic Region.
The summer classical concert series at The Kirk of St. James are on again – a wonderful opportunity to hear live classical music during the lunch hour each Wednesday until mid August.
Wednesday, July 11
James and Penelope Mark, presented a delightful program of clarinet and piano music.
Wednesday, July 18
An exciting program by Karem Simon, clarinet assisted by Krista Carruthers, percussion.
Wednesday, July 25
Saxophonist Sarah McCormack, assisted by Frances McBurnie on piano presented worksby Paule Maurice, Paul Creston and Pierre Max Dubois. Sarah begins a Masters Degree in Music at the University of Calgary this fall.
Wednesday, August 1
Kay Diviney, flute and Frances McBurnie, piano, performed works by Gaubert, Devienne, Roussel, and the charming Suite in b minor by J. S. Bach. Diviney and McBurnie have been performing in this series since its beginning in 2002.
Wednesday, August 8
The summer classical concert series at The Kirk of St. James continues this week with two talented young brass performers.
Matthew Rowsell graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island in 2009 with a Bachelor of Music. He was a National winner of the Federation of Canadian Music Festivals competition. Since leaving UPEI, Matthew attended graduate school for performance in Pittsburgh, PA and Ottawa, ON. He currently lives in Ottawa and works as a full time musician in the Central Band of the Canadian Forces.
Laura MacLeod is studying trumpet at the University of Prince Edward Island with Dr. Gregory Irvine. She has been the principal trumpet in the UPEI Wind Symphony for the past three years as well as principal trumpet in the 2011 National Youth Band of Canada in Montreal, QC. She plays regularly with the Prince Edward Island Symphony
They are assisted in their performances this week by Frances McBurnie, well-known pianist and Music Director at the Kirk of St. James.
The program this week includes Jean Hubeau’s Sonata for Trumpet and Piano, Handel’s Suite in D major for piccolo trumpet, Aria and Polonaise for trombone and piano by Jongen, and an exciting new work for trombone and piano by Filas, Sonata at the End of the Century.
Concerts start by 12:10pm and are usually over by 1pm. The Kirk of St. James is located at 35 Fitzroy St., Charlottetown PEI.
There is no admission charge, all of the musicians donate their time, talent and skills. Donations from the audience are gratefully accepted. This year the donations will go to the Choral Scholar program at the Kirk of St. James
The University of Prince Edward Island’s Dr. Karem Simon will be performing Vancouver native Alexina Louie’s Cadenzas, a piece for clarinet and percussion. Cadenzas was premiered on March 22nd, 1986 at The Music Gallery in Toronto.
Dr. Simon will be performing the work on July 1st, 2012, at UPEI’s Dr. Steel Recital Hall, McMillan Hall, and Schurman Market Square (three performances in one day!) He will also be performing the work on July 13, 2012, at UPEI’s Robertson Library, and July 18th, 2012, at St. James Presbyterian Church.
For a preview, here’s a link to the Centrestreams recording of Cadenzas.